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come. you heard from the 2000 academies' we have helped to create. these are state schools that it all the freedoms and carry all the high expectations of private schools. yes, that is my plan. millions of children sent to independent schools, independent schools in the state sector. [applause] it is a genuine revolution that is under way. the academy in peckham has increased the number of students getting five good gcse's from 12% when they were under local authority control to almost 90% now. it has been astonishing. you know what -- the methods have been conservative. smart uniforms, teachers in
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suits, children caught fizz -- taught physics, chemistry, and biology, not soft options. extra resources for those in need, but no excuses for slacking. when you see as a parent schools like that, you have one question -- why can that not every school be like that way? it is not because parents are not ambitious enough. most of the schools are massively oversubscribed. it is because the old educational establishment, the left-wing local authorities, the leaders of the teacher unions -- they stand in the way. when we saw it that the failing school and wanted to turn it into an academy, the labor authority, the labor mp, and the teaching authorities said no. with inspirational teachers and parents, when they wanted to open free schools, the left-wing
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establishment said no. when we propose more pay for good teachers, getting rid of bad teachers, longer school days to help children learn, flexible hours to help parents work, less nonsense about health and safety, the left-wing establishment has said just one thing -- no. do you know what? when you ask them, why is a school failing, why parenti children succeeding, you hear the same thing over and over again. what can you expect from children like these? these children are disadvantaged. of course we want to tackle every disadvantage, but isn't the greatest disadvantage of all being written off by those to a culture of low expectations, who have forgotten what it is like to be ambitious, to overcome
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circumstances, to succeed on your own? it is that toxic culture of low expectations that every child -- for every child that has helped our country back. [applause] let me tell you a thing or two -- we are not waiting for an outbreak of sanity in the headquarters of the n.u.t, not waiting for a labor reform act. our children cannot wait. when people say, please, slow down your education reform so that somehow adults can learn to adjust -- i say no, one more free schools, more academies, more rigorous exams, more expected of every child. to those who say, and some do,
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he wants children to have the kind of education he had at his posh school, you know what i say? yes, you are absolutely right. i went to a good school, and i want every child to have that education. [applause] i'm not here to defend privilege. i am here to spread it. [applause] i do not have a hard luck story. my dad was a stockbroker. but is only when your dad is gone they realize how much she missed him or how much you really loved him, but how much
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you really owe them. my dad influenced me much more than i thought. he was born with no deals on his feet, with legs about a foot shorter, but he never complained, even when he lost his legs later in his life. disability in the 1930's was such a stigma -- he was an only child, probably a lonely child. my dad was the eternal optimist. to him the glass was always half full. we would pass the church he supported in life and the hall he took part in unbelievably long council meetings. he told me what he was most proud of. it was simple. it was working hard from the moment he left school and
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providing a good starting life for his family. not just all of us, but helping his mom when his father ran off. what a hard luck story, but i hard work story. work hard. family comes first. there is nothing complicated about me. i believe in working hard, caring for my family, serving my country. there is nothing complicated about what we need today. this is still the greatest country on earth. we showed that again this summer. 20 seconds in world population, but it is tough. these are typical times. we are being tested. how do we come through it? it is not complicated. hard work. a strong families. taking responsibility, serving others. as i said on the steps before
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walking through that door, those who can, should. those who cannot, you will always help. the job of this party, this government, is to help the the best in the country. at our best, we are unbeatable. we can deliver because we have seen it time and time again. this is the country that invented the computer. we started the web. we fought at -- fought off every invader for 1000 years. there is nothing we cannot do. [applause] we made britain the best world resignation in the world. to help that business take on the world, yes. can we, the people, the people who invented the welfare state
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in the first place, turn it into something that helps keep families together, that really helps the poorest. yes. can we take those schools turn out our students who will take on the brightest in the world? yes. let us in this government, together in this country, make this pledge. and aspiration a tin resignation. let us get britain on the -- and aspiration nation. but as get britain on the up. let us get out there and do it. cos >> take a look at the video of the vice presidential debate, as well as the presidential debate earlier this month. see individual questions. watch and to engage with life
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tweets from political reporters and other viewers. former senator arlen specter died today. he served in the u.s. senate from 1981 to two dozen 11. he switched parties in 2009. he was 82. we will show you the former senator talking about his book, "life among the cannibals." he discusses political career and the influence of the tea party in congress. this is a little under an hour. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. there could be no better place to have this discussion than in the constitution center.
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the three key words in the constitution, we the people. i am delighted to have my colleague, the former member of the house of representatives, mike castle, join me. he and i are members of the 30- year club. it is not too easy to come by. it takes a while to get that kind of seniority. this book was designed to come out in the midst of this election season to try to appoint the american people with why washington is what it is today. that is gridlock and
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dysfunctional. so if the electorate is properly motivated, now is the time to do something about the area the title with the cannibals is by the liberation, for motivation, and for accuracy. that is what is happening. it is really cannibals' devouring sellers -- settlers. i will be very specific. starting with bob bennett, a senator from utah for 18 years, 93% conservative rating, was not pure enough to be renominated by the republican party in 2010.
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for one vote. mike castle was defeated in a republican primary in delaware by a tea party candidate had to head -- had to defend herself on television as not being a witch. the same applies on the democratic side. a top-notch senator like joe lieberman could not win a democratic primary. what has evolved is a great worry on the part of the members of congress that if one vote is cast that causes the party to fight you, in a primary, where there is a very low turnout, that is the end of the political career.
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there were very few who were prepared to put their political careers on a line for a vote notwithstanding what the public interest is. this book goes into great detail. the vote i cast. one critical vote that was at the end of the association between the republican party and me, i think ronald reagan best put it when he said, years ago, when he was a democrat, did you know ronald reagan was a democrat? he was. as ronald reagan put it, he did not leave the democratic party. the democratic party left him. but let me assure you that the
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republican party, in 1980, when i was elected in the senate, was a vastly different republican party than it was as we moved into the 21st century. when the stimulus vote came up, i was convinced that if we did not have an confusion of funding, that we would be heading for a 1930-style depression. we had seen a few months earlier, when george w. bush was the president, that he came up with a $700 billion package to assist the banking and automotive industries.
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$700 billion was a twin brother to what president obama came up with a few months later. a hundred and $78 billion -- $878 billion. the bush wrote -- the bush program was voted down. this got me to the stock market brought down 700 points in september of 2008. -- the stock market brought down 700 points in september of 2008. kennedy said if you do not pass this package, you will turn george w. bush into a moderate herbert hoover. a majority of republicans voted for it, including bob bennett. that was the end of bob bennett's career.
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but when president obama was elected, shortly thereafter, and came up as its first legislative initiative to have a stimulus package, suddenly, a republican caucus was out for a scout it was said, we will turn this into obama's waterloo. the senate republican leader said the republican senate agenda is to defeat obama. this was three years and 11 months before the 2012 election. nobody in the republican caucus, except for olympia snowe, would talk to the
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democrats about the bill. i had been a child during the 1930 depression. i did not want to see another depression. my father, who was a russian immigrant, in 1930, found that he called it -- we live in wichita. my father packed up the family where he had a sister. in depressions, that is what families do. they moved in with one another. to survive. those were really tough times. i had been there. it was plain the vote was going
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to be highly precarious. it turned out to be just that. that single vote out of 10,000 turned out to be the problem which i had. that has created a situation where, senator collins and senator snowe, for example, would not cross again. we had a case called citizens united, which was pretty well known. the supreme court of the united states decided that corporations and unions could make up limited financial contributions. on limited anonymous expenditures. independent expenditures, so- called. they left a narrow opening, that is that congress could
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legislate to acquire disclosure. at least you would know who was putting up the money. if someone wanted to buy south carolina for newt gingrich, you would know who is putting up of money. i think he overpaid for south carolina. [laughter] that was his choice. 59 senators on one side of the aisle, myself included, voted for what we called culture to move the debate forward. one republican senator who stands up to provide the 60th vote. they had seen what happened and they were wiser. today, you see the emergence of the giant super packs, anonymous contributions. where's the money coming from? where is the chamber of commerce getting that money.
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corporations? nobody knows. a lot does not require disclosure. but that sort of paints the picture as to how a gunshot -- how gun chart -- how gunshot people are about crossing the party line and putting their critical -- political careers on the line. you see the emergence of the tea party. you see what has happened in the town meetings. right here in convention hall, in the early august of 2009, the secretary of health and human services came to talk about the president's proposal for the affordable health care plan, which was before the supreme court last week. the tea party was out.
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had we been in this room having this discussion, we would not have been able to hear one of them talk, there was so much noise. a few days later, i started my august town meetings. every year in august, while i was in the senate, i would make it a point to visit every county. usually, in lebanon, i drew an 80-290 people. on this day, i got 1200. came within a few inches of my nose, his fist waving. he made the front page of the
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new york times the next day. so did i.. [laughter] he was the star of the show. he became a major television personality. the country was up in arms. president obama made a mistake too much too soon. he had a three trillion dollar program, he had -- he had three trillion-dollar programs. almost $1 trillion on stimulus. more than $1 trillion until it was brought down just slightly to $878 billion. where do we go from here? my book provides an idea for the future.
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the idea centralizes around the experience of senator lee stokowski in alaska. senator -- the senator was opposed by a tea party can it. -- candidate. the tea party candidate cannibalize lisa, defeated her in the primary. he came back -- lisa came back in an extraordinary move. do you know how hard it is to write in for passkey? if you spell it with a y, your ballot is thrown out. if you spell it with an zero, your ballot is thrown out. but she won. and i think the senator's
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experience shows that if you inform the public sufficiently, and motivate the public sufficiently, you can reinforce what is outside this building. we the people. the power is in the people. the power is there. it has to be exercised. you know how often you hear people say, one vote does not count. but that is replicated millions of times. the non-voters can throw the process. the extremists on each side control the elections. if you want to win the iowa primaries, you have to stay up until the middle of the night in -- to be in the caucus. a couple of final notes. the book has some lighter sides to it.
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i tell about an experience with y.nator kenned and in the senate gym, i was relaxing in the hot tub in the world war -- whirlpool. i worked with roy closely on hates legislation. not this closely. [laughter] there is teddy, 285 pounds. in his birthday suit. he comes to the edge of a hot tub, -- the hot tub, and sort of like a diver, all 285 pounds. you know the old saying of a rising tide lifting all of the boats? my head near hit the ceiling --
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ceiling. hit the [laughter] when john mccain and sarah pailin came to -- came to campaign, i was asked to introduce them. before we went on stage, mccain said, give me some political advice on what to do here in swing territory with the independent voters. so he and sara pailin and i went into a little area back, at a table, and work in very close quarters. i started to give him some advice on embryonic stem cells. i knew sarah pailin was against it. she did not say anything unintelligent. [laughter]
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because she did not say anything. [laughter] but the relevant part is not the substance of the conversation. the relevant part was setting neat -- sitting in these close quarters. you know the length of sarah pale and's skirts. almost everybody does. when she sits down, the skirts do not go down. she is a very beautiful woman. very sensual. i wrote this portion up very discreetly. [laughter] my ideas on how to solve the nuclear issues with iran. i am delighted to be joined by
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mike castle, because he is a warrior. he served in delaware as lieutenant governor and then as governor. he was taking tough positions out -- inside a top party apparatus. when he was in his caucus, as i and the republican caucuses, and the senate side it, a really rough going. and american -- america lost a great public servant. the party lost a seat.
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mike was a shoe in to win that seat. joe biden had given it up to become vice president. his son was in line to run. when the younger biden looked at my castle -- mike castle, he said, not me. he is too tough. a key party canada emerged. very few people voted. the seat changed hands. i am glad to share the podium and platform with rep castle and i look forward to his comment. >> thank you.
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thank you for your kind comments. when you talk about my political demise, i could almost cried. i just want to ask you some questions that relate to the things you and i have been involved in. you have been sold described as moderate. -- self-described as moderate. there has been a complete taking a part of the moderate wings of both the democrats and republicans in congress. it may differ state-by-state. but in congress, it is clear. i am trying to determine the cause of it. when they take polls, most people self-described they are a moderate something. maybe the majority of people are close to it, most reverses' other people being extremist. the parties tend to be a little more extreme because of their views of being either a liberal
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or a conservative. it becomes difficult to get people elected in the middle. part of it is the political parties that have the ability to take some of what you mentioned and destroyed a person's voting record on that basis. it is also the media we tend to overlook. there has been a big change in the last 10 years in this country. the media has become more polarized. i am not all -- not talking just about fox news. a lot of the political pundits to do a lot of the riding on an ad an ideological basis in this country tend to be the ones who are also on the air. they do a lot of this talking. it is part of the demise of the
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moderate wing. their art -- there is not a lot of moderate answer to that. i have only had a chance to skim your book. i would be curious to see your view in the media's role to this changing of the political balance in this country away from moderate. >> thank you. i think you put your finger on the critical aspects. it is talk radio and talk television, which rips the fringes into activity. i think it's at that hands of those who are willing to finance people on the outside, the coke brothers, the wealthy, who really have more extreme positions. i think ultimately the
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moderates lose because so few people come out and the people who come out are those who were most interested, or the zealots who are really the enthusiasts to come out. the general less population has the attitude that my vote will not make a difference. that is the principal cause. >> let me ask you a question that is on all of our minds. the republican presidential primaries are going to be on for a time. what are your thoughts about that, not so much in terms of who the nominee may be. i assume it will be romney. it seemed that way. but in terms of the negativity.
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you have mentioned wealthy individuals and the super packs. how will this play out with the public? is this something the republican candidate will be able to rebound from. is the damage which is being done in terms of the negative advertising we are seeing so prevailing that it will be very difficult if not next to impossible for the republican candidate to spring back from that? >> i believe mitt romney will have a lot of ground to make up. it is an open question as to whether he can do it. the republican primary has caused mitt romney to move so far to the right, he is off the board. you have 10 candidates appearing in new hampshire the have a
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question. would you agree to $1 in taxes for $10 in cuts? anybody in the civilized world will say maybe that excludes those cabinets. they would say that we -- i will give you $1 in taxes for $10 in cuts. not one hand went up. not huntsman, not anybody. it was a well-kept secret. i ran for the republican nomination. i was in new hampshire. there were nine people. the question was, how much do you promise to abolish the department of education? a hands sprang up. it was a ridiculous question. you cannot. here you have a herman cain, and
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michelle bachmann, and one after another, pushing and pushing mitt romney so far to the right. senator santorum, a worker, played right into the strength with the evangelical right. as soon as the people of america found out about him, like the people pennsylvania, there he went. romney has changed positions so many times, bill marr had it right to the other night when he said, romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen. [laughter] i m s two i will support. in november. i say, i am not the inspector
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anymore. i am the citizen. i am not happy with president obama, frankly. this policy in afghanistan is absurd. i spoke out on the senate floor against 30,000 additional troops there. we have no fight with the taliban. there is no al qaeda there. i visited president cars i. he is not somebody you can do business with. you have the tax cut, and obama extended it. i spoke out against it. he should never have extended it for the rich in my opinion. then you have the commission, cochaired by alan simpson, on the deficit of national debt. he does not pay attention to that. how about romney? which romney will appear? which excess guest will we know, the answer to your
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question in my opinion is that the primary process is that the republican nominee is so far to the right, he will have to make a sharp u-turn. a persuasive one. >> let me ask you a double- barrelled question. it is about health care. a lawyer of some renown, i would be curious to your views as to what the supreme court should do with respect to health care. in addition, i would be curious to see if any thoughts about what is going to happen and down the road with health care. i think that is dependent upon the election with the president and the house and the senate. the double-barrel part of this is, what are your thoughts about where they are going to go in terms of the republican house in congress and the democratic senate, which is very tenuous in terms of its numbers and it could turn over in this election.
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what influence that will have even if obama is reelected, on what the future of health care will become a report -- regardless of the supreme court. >> my sense is the supreme court following the convention wisdom will strike down the affordable affordable health care act. my own judgment is that it is constitutional under congressional authority under article one of the congress clause. there have been many programs, social security, medicare, medicaid, and others which serve as real precedence. you have a very ideological core. this is essentially the court which elected bush over gore 5- 4. this is the ideological court that came down with citizens united.
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kennedy is a swing vote. i studied kennedy very closely since i have been dissipated as confirmation in 1988. -- participated in his confirmation in 1988. one thing he said was that a mandate certainly goes far toward being an encouragement -- an infringement on liberty, suggesting he would strike it down. later in the argument, he left himself some wiggle room, saying, if people get their health care at the emergency room, it shifts the burden to everybody else. you cannot be sure if they strike it down. i think that will be a confused
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situation. there are some things that have already gone into effect, some parts of the exchanges, for example. recovering children in the apparents' policies. is it in their parents' policies. -- and their parents' policies. isin their parents' policy -- policies. you have a supreme court decision. if they strike it down, it will leave an enormous number of unanswered questions. to be litigated in the district courts and the courts of appeals, which will take years, meanwhile, people are sick. it will be really a terrible
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situation for the country. the supreme court of the united states is so far gone on ideology, robertson, he testified one way about congressional, following fact finding, they just disregarded a hundred years of precedent in psittacine united. one thing that has not been emphasized and knocked and maybe it will be in this campaign, but roe vs. wade is in jeopardy out there on c-span land. it is in jeopardy. when you have a 100 year precedents that unions cannot make political expenditures, and you have a 1990 case, where the supreme court of polls limitations and congress writes
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mccain, enacted into the law, and then the supreme court upholds it in 2003, and then, seven years later, you come along and with the flick of a pen, it is declared unconstitutional. there is no precedent that is safe. if, ideologically the court disagrees with it. that is a real problem. >> it is your term, return, folks -- to fund, folks -- taverna -- turn, folks. >> i like to the questions already because they have books in their hands.
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>> i am a member, i have been to washington four times. the governmental affairs committee, we have a bill before congress of no budget, no pay, i do not know if you are familiar with that i am wondering what you think of it. more importantly, does this part -- does this country need a third party. could we form a third party with people like you, people will -- to have been swept out of office by extremes. and somehow coalesced to have the moderate middle taking control of the country again. >> i am familiar with what you reference, which is they do not pay at the budget, mentor --
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members of congress do not get aid. that is politically paul -- popular but i am not sure it is a good way to receive a candid. no labels is not a political party. it's basically a movement to say that you should not approach politics with labels. you should not be two republicans, which it to republican or democrat, to extreme. -- you should not be too extreme. i think it is a good moment that will be pause -- will be doing positive things in the country. has raised a considerable amount of light. a lot of people are interested. having said that, there is a third political party, a movement by a whole other group. they have actually gotten on the ballot. in almost every state, they --
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when you go to vote for the president this year, you can do one of several things. you can vote for the democratic candidate. the republican candidate. or the canada of the other particular group, which will be nominated by some sort of the internet nominating process. the president and a vice president will ask -- will be opposite political parties. that is interesting. there is a movement out there that we need to do something different in this country. no labels is a part of that, talking to each other and getting things done. it makes sense. >> i think your idea is a good idea. i just do not know how you will get congress to pass that. >> good luck -- good luck. >> i think you would have a good
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shot if you put it at a referendum. >> maybe something can happen. >> try a referendum. [laughter] >> senator, i am proud to work in the public program. when do you see comedy, in our confidence. in 2013, in my lifetime, in my middle-aged children's lifetime, and my grandchildrens' lifetime.
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thank you. >> i am hopeful the day after the 2000 -- the 2012 election, if you throw enough of the rascals out, and make of the incumbents more wot losing their sea if they do not vote the public interest instead of voting to preserve their offices, you have a chance to say it. it depends on when, we the people raised enough help. -- hell. it is all set forth in the book. >> i am more about libel and slander. >> i am the writer and editor here i have a question for both of you. i think part of the problem i
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find with politics now is i do not find there are enough candidates i like or want to vote for. two longtime political leaders, what word of inspiration would you have for people who might want to run for office. i find a lot of young people in particular field very disillusioned and they do not know where to start, especially now. what words of inspiration would you say for people who want to go into politics and the leaders today and what advice would you give them at this point, especially when, which especially women. -- especially women. >> there are more women attending college now than men. there are more women becoming leaders in the private sector. i think it is important to understand the significance of representing people i was in government for a long time. i like the way it ended.
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i enjoyed the experience tremendously. i enjoy helping people. that is a part i do not think about much. that is a feeling you do not get. i think it is very rewarded. i believe anyone can do it. i believe i started in the state house of representatives. almost 26 years old -- years old in wilmington, delaware. they were happy to see somebody. but not many people did anything like that at that point. they supported me and i was able to get elected. that was a springboard to what i did later on. i think young people can do it. i would never underestimate a good, enthusiastic young person with good ideas in terms of their ability to do it. the political parties are very
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accepting to young people doing this. they ever generate -- generally looking for candidates. that person can go out and can get the job done. i think it is a very rewarding career. so many people tell me, i would never do what you do. they can and you could. anyone can. the opportunities are there. i would hope our good, young people, whether they are well educated or not, they are very pragmatic -- pragmatic and reasonable in their thinking. they can contribute a lot to the public discourse out there. it runs the country. those of -- those are the people who need to get involved. it cannot be just of that -- just those of us a little bit older than we are. the young people, they will be the future of america.
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my hopes are the both -- both parties get more people involved. i think you did your motivation around the kitchen table. crazy specter sitting next to john. she became the chairman out in the township among the republicans. have someone produce another senator or president out of the specter family. i have my motivation for my father, who lived in russia. in 1911, he was 18. does our wanted to send into siberia. the wanted to send all of the young, jewish troublemakers to siberia to avoid a revolution.
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he wanted to go to kansas instead. it was a close call. [laughter] he emphasized the importance of government. and how important it was in our lives. that motivated me. i became a committee man and became an assistant da. did not have any money or powerful friends. i was asked to be one of the young lawyers on the commission's staff. a victory for the d.a., three primaries to win a republican party -- republican primary. you can do it. if you work at it. and motivated. >> you mentioned an idealized
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court. do you feel equipment are still relevant for supreme court justices and would you support an amendment setting limits, in terms of 8-10 years? something like that? i think it is worth considering. i think you might have a cut off of age. we really have to change the confirmation process. i invite you to come to washington. they are having a 25-year retrospective we go on the confirmation process. i do not want to talk about it today because it is my next book. [laughter] i want to be invited back. it goes through my mind every
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now and then, may be members of the house of representatives should be elected for four years instead of two years. every two years, there -- make them extraordinarily sensitive to fund raising, the political environment, an unwillingness to be more open-minded about what they are doing. maybe that would have to be involved in some sort of cap you could run. this fund rating business is a tremendous problem in america today. not just because it influences thanks so much as the time it takes, the time away where the workers are supposed to be doing in terms of representing the people in congress. i think the rapid turnover, which we see in the house, in the senate, it is pretty dramatic. it is very often that somebody beats somebody else in a close election, and that opponents as, i will run again next time. the race is still on. it never goes away. there is a bit of a problem in
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america today, something to be thinking about in terms of where the country would go. good luck making that change. just something to put out on the table. >> i am a retired school administrator. i want to say how much we appreciate you coming here and sharing your book with us. it is really an honor to be in the same room with both of you. i look around and i think about things that have just happened in philadelphia, like the scandal, the delaware port authority nonsense that is going on with people who are being less than honest and less than moral. i start to wonder when i look at education. it seems like we have so much the emphasize service, social
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studies, in favor of passing tests in math and reading. to me, it seems like there is a correlation to the lack of moral compass. some of people in the public realm, serving as servants of the public. i wonder what you think, either of you or both of you. >> i will leave it up to the senator to handle. [laughter] >> education, it would certainly a big help. there is no doubt that schools do not emphasize government. they do not emphasize a civic responsibility. they do not really do much to
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inform the students about what goes on in washington d.c.. it is a cry that students do not know anything about the government in washington. that is the first out. the moral compass is rigid moral compass is a significant factor on education. i feel so much of it comes back to the kitchen table. .hat the parents do a lot of the -- >> a lot of the blame is placed on no child left behind, the exact -- the existing law which is demanding of the students being able to pass tests and being able to rewrite other subjects are being ignored. i have been in every school,
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every school in my state. i have seen the good principles. i have seen them put together schedules and try to work other things into it. even when you are dealing with certain aspects of the learning required by no child left behind, you can work in civics education. i agree. there should be more of that. there should be more basic economic education, too. that may have prevented some of the problems with foreclosures and excepting student loans and things that are going on. i think there are things that need to be done. this race to the top business is the next generation of no child left behind. it perhaps will try to address some of the issues. i believe the educators themselves need to look very carefully at how they can manage it. education will always be a local decision, ultimately. that is what we have to keep in
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mind. the government will put money into it. the bottom line is it is the local educators who will make the decisions. your basic premise is correct. how we get there, i am not certain. i am being given the signal that we are done. we will give you 30 seconds to sell your book. [laughter] >> i would make one addendum to that question. i would encourage high school students to go out for debate. go out for debates. it acquaint you with the issues in the public arena. it teaches you research analysis and public speaking. >> very good. let me thank the senator very much. thank you fall -- thank you all .or participating carrie
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